Clearance Haul: 30 Items for $30.58 + Tips to Help You Score!

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Clearance Haul

Keeping your eyes open for the occasional clearance item can really pay off! It’s a great way to get things you need (and “want”) without paying a lot. Clearance is everywhere so always be on the lookout. My biggest score of the day was probably the 3-inch binders that were originally $20. I was able to get them for $5 each – these are perfect for a coupon binder with the handle on the bind and they zip up with an accordion file on the inside!

Here’s my Clearance Haul (all purchased at Target over the weekend): 37 Items for $30.58!!

  • (3) 3-inch binders $5 each
  • (6) Composition Books $.11 each
  • (10) Loose Leaf Paper $.15
  • (4) Packs of RoseArt Washable Markers $.52 each
  • 1 Bookbag $4.48
  • (2) Packs of Pencil Buddies $.32 each
  • (3) Pair of Scissors large $.74 each
  • 1 Pack of Double Ended Highlighters $.48
  • (2) Large Glue Sticks $.44 each
  • (2) Pair Fiskars school scissors $.37 each
  • 1 Roll of Scotch Tap $.25
  • 1 Pack of Quickdrying Highlighters $.74
  • 10 Pieced Match Set $1.24

Back to School Clearance
Here are some Tips that will help keep you from overspending:

  1. Make a wish list of things you need or would like – I always have a few items that if I find them on clearance, I would buy them
  2. Know what you would pay – If you have an item on your wish list, what is the most you want to pay for it?
  3. Use Cash – Only spend what you have. If you charge it and don’t pay it off when the bill comes, it defeats the purpose of buying it on clearance.
  4. Don’t buy things you have no use for – This is easier said than done, I know.
  5. Don’t bring your kids – I think everyone knows that this is a “No No” especially if you are a pushover like me!

Target has a mark down schedule they follow when they mark items down. It does vary from time to time, but this seems to be what it looks like for many of us:

Monday – Baby and Kid’s Clothing, Electronics and Stationary Items

Tuesday – Domestics, Pets, Food and Women’s Clothing

Wednesday – Lawn and Garden, Men’s Clothing and Toys

Thursday – Books, Housewares, Luggage, Sporting Goods, Movies, Music, Shoes, Lingerie, and Decor

Friday – Auto, Cosmetics, Jewelry and Hardware

It seems like they mark down every 2 weeks. If you are a regular at your store, you may be able to ask your sales associate when your specific store will mark down

Most clearance will have an Orange/Red Clearance Sticker, making it easier to spot. Items other than clothing clothing will be pushed to the end caps so this is definitely a great place to look when you are shopping. If you aren’t sure if an item is on clearance, use one of the many scanners throughout the store to double check the price.

Seasonal clearance is slightly different, it usually goes on clearance the day after a holiday or the week after school starts. Clearance will usually start at 30 – 50% and discounts will go up from there. It’s been 3 weeks since school started and I just found school supplies for 75% off over the weekend!

The usual holiday clearance schedule looks something like this:

  • 50% off day after holiday for 3 days
  • 75% off 4th day after holiday for 3 days
  • 90% off 7th day after holiday for 1-2 days.

Again, this is just a general guide and we have seen it change from time to time based on how much clearance is left.

ALL clearance and schedules can be different from store to store. If you read online about a great deal, you will definitely want to check with your store to see if the same discount is available at your store.